12-year-old creates Instagram storm against her school’s sexist dress code
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A defiant sixth-grade student has gained worldwide support after getting her principal to agree to a policy review of her school’s “unfair and sexist” dress code.
See the full Instagram post hereMolly Neuner, 12, who studies at The King Middle School in Portland, Maine, purposefully violated her school’s dress code in order to protest against the banning of girls wearing strappy tops. Portland’s district-wide dress policy says schools can prohibit clothes that cause a “material and substantial disruption” to the school, including “thin-strapped tops”. Molly says she was told these types of clothes could be a “distraction” to boys and that was why they were banned. It was following being told this sexist reasoning she was inspired to go to school dressed in a tank top with the message ‘#iamnotadistraction’ written down her arm. Molly was joined by around 20 other school girls and gained widespread attention on Instagram, where photos of their dress code violation were shared.
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